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K. Mi Tak

K. Mi Tak

Coordinator of the Korean Language Program


Kyong Mi Tak has over thirty years of experience teaching the Korean language. She has held teaching, curriculum development, staff management, and language program management positions at the US Department of Defense, including for the Department of the Army, Joint Forces, and the US Army Special Operations Command’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School; the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute's National Foreign Affairs Training Center; the University of Arizona; and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she currently teaches and manages the Korean language program. She has also developed and validated textbooks and course curriculums for Korean language instruction at all levels, including developing a language training program designed for US diplomats and consular officers working in embassies and consulates abroad. On behalf of the US Department of Defense, she managed a foreign language instruction program with 80 instructors and more than 12 different languages. She has prepared a wide variety of professionals to work effectively both internationally and domestically, including diplomats, military staff, government officials, congressional staff, business professionals, and staff working for International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations. In 2022, she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for Language Instruction by JHU/SAIS. Prior to this, she was selected for the Excellence in Language Teaching Award by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and received the award from the US Department of State for Teaching Excellence. BA in sociology from the University of North Carolina.



  • Asia


  • Language education


  • Korean